In early 2014, Color Therapy found himself experimenting with a music-induced state of consciousness from the confines of his longtime home in Dallas, Texas. “It was like a high no drug can induce,” he remembers. “I found myself making music in order to deal with the things around me I couldn't control, almost like the creative process was a therapy session. Each song is like a morphine drip.”
Indeed, Color Therapy thrives on the subtle blurring of one's imagination, a place where organic catharsis and ethereal beauty transcend time, space and perception. Melodic splashes of light and darkness bleed together to form a lush genre-bending density with dusty loops, gritty textures and a sun-bleached analog sound that soars a million miles high.
He composes, engineers and mixes his music out of a home studio “somewhere in Dallas” and has already done official remixes for Mogwai, Nils Frahm, and Peter Broderick that have made the rounds over the last year or so. Color Therapy has sought out an impressive list of collaborators, such as The Album Leaf, Hammock, Ulrich Schnauss and Helios, to contribute to his upcoming 13-song LP, Mr. Wolf Is Dead. The album is set for release on March 24th, 2015.
“My mother was musical and my earliest memories are of her playing the old upright in our living room. It wasn't until I got a little older that I realized she preferred improvising more than anything, and I guess the idea of composing was born in me.” Of the purely instrumental nature of Color Therapy, he says "I enjoy being recommended how to feel as a listener, versus being told. To some degree, I find myself unable to use my imagination with heavily lyric-based music and so I'm slightly drawn to instrumental music because it's easier for me to get lost in. I'm a big fan of film scores and I belong where I can fill in the blanks and connect my own dots."
The analog synth-driven splatters of sound bear a cinematic shimmer and are often short and sweet, but they posses an undeniably melodic quality to them that welcome repeated listens and deeper discovery. “I listen to a lot of ambient and post-rock and I absolutely love the aesthetics of bands like Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Russian Circles, and Do Make Say Think, but sometimes I find myself wishing for more melodic sensibility, and Color Therapy is how I satisfy that strange craving. It's almost like a weird medication."
On the forthcoming album, “They're like pop songs from another life that have had the vocals surgically removed and then left out in the rain to become warped and distorted and ruined.”
The resonance and humanity of Color Therapy leaves listeners with a soundtrack for scenery, real or imagined, and under its thick layers of orchestral beauty, there indeed lies a therapeutic experience.